The path to success
The path to success, respect, and
happiness is more than you might think. It begins when you take the
first step, which is making the decision to achieve your small
Once you decide on that, you call in two very
important allies: self-discipline and determination.
Don't worry if you feel a little lacking in these areas. You can
develop these two traits. Here's how:
- Set clear priorities. Working from home can
be the answer to many peoples' dreams. There's no question that it
can benefit you greatly, but there are challenges as well. For
example, you might have days when your spouse is home sick, your car
gets a flat, or your kids are out of school unexpectedly. Set your
priorities and stick to your plan. Have a backup plan that includes
arranging for help, or call in a sitter. That way when your day
takes a surprising turn, you will still reach your goals.
- Get your most important tasks completed quickly.
Don't even ponder them. Drink your coffee (or in my case,
your tea) and simply jump in and tackle them. I've gotten to where I
sometimes forget to eat breakfast because I sit down at the computer
and start answering emails first. Don't skip breakfast! But do wake
up at the same time each day, and keep a regular schedule. Just
because you are the boss of yourself, that doesn't mean you can take
it easy every day. Treat yourself like an executive. Get the job
done, and you'll reap the rewards.
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- Keep clear boundaries for your work. This
means both time and . If you have a small space in the garage or
carport where you keep your cleaning supplies, make sure that only
cleaning supplies are located there. Don't toss in your surfboard,
your skis, or your antique junk collection too. Same goes for time
and your schedule. Once you determine the time you begin and end a
workday, for 8 am to 3 pm, only vary it when you must, or in of
emergency. Friends and family members will figure out quickly not to
bug you during your workday.
- Be accountable. Nobody else (except us and
your spouse) really cares if your new business gets off the ground.
That's the harsh truth, but it's a healthy thing to recognize. That
means it's totally up to you, and you alone, to make your cleaning
business fly. Being accountable means following through on your
promises to yourself, to your assistants, and most importantly, to
your customers. Go over the top to deliver excellent customer
service and your business will grow quickly through the very best
advertising: word of mouth.
Developing self-discipline and determination may take time,
but here's the good news. All you have to do is make that initial
decision to succeed at reaching your goals. Once you do, following
the suggestions above isn't difficult, in fact, it's a pleasure to do
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